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BifBangPow Steve Austin
Six Million Dollar Man
Steve Austin
8 Inch Scale
By: BifBangPow
$18.99

The Six Million Dollar Man is the quintessential 70’s property. I’m not sure if any TV show quite defines the 70’s like that one. It’s the story of an astronaut (at the tail end of those being in vogue) who gets brutally mangled in an aircraft accident and is rebuilt into a bionic man with atomic powered cyber limbs that give him all sorts of amazing powers. One of the things that makes this property so 70’s is it’s style, pacing, effects and of course a heaping dose of machismo and chest hair.

Six Million Dollar Man action figure review

The star, Lee Majors, was a man’s man in the show, always doing his own thing and usually getting the girl in the process. He had a very dry wit and his Steve Austin character (not to be confused with Stone Cold) was something every kid in the era idolized. The Six Million Dollar Man had a toy line in the 70’s but it wasn’t made by Mego. By that point Kenner had already began to realize how much money there was in licensing and they created a very successful Six Million Dollar Man line.

6 Million Dollar Man

To many Mego collectors, not having the Six Million Dollar Man was a huge gap in their collections and he’s been one of the most customized figures in recent memory. Thankfully, BifBangPow have stepped up to rectify this issue 40 years later with official Six Million Dollar Man figures in a Mego style. Although there were some SDCC exclusives, for all intents and purposes Steve Austin and Bigfoot are the first characters in the line. So has BBP rebuilt Steve Austin to be stronger, faster and better?

Packaging:
The package is a great design of classic SMDM art and honestly it’s quite striking. Some people have complained that is doesn’t accurately reflect how “Mego would have done it” but good God, I’m so tired of everything having to be done in that style. Enough with being so slavishly beholden to how Mego would have done it. These “retro” lines need to stand on their own.


Of all the recent Re-Megos, the Six Million Dollar Man feels the most right to me. That’s why I appreciate these different packages. It shows some growth from the license and it really nails the feel of the show and the products of it without being a retread. The back shows off the other figures in the series, although technically many of these figures aren’t available yet. I should also mention that the cardboard feels sturdier than a lot of these releases and the figure has an inner tray to keep him from flopping around.

Sculpt/Paint:
Mego and Mego-like figures are built on base bodies with different clothes and head sculpts. For the most part there isn’t much in the way of paint application and such, but Steve Austin has quite a bit of paint and tampo applications on him actually. More on that in a minute.


Let’s get the bad out of the way first. The head sculpt is just so-so. When BifBangPow first showed off this sculpt, red flags should have been raised. Many including myself, expressed some concerns that it just wasn’t very good. When you consider that the head sculpt is arguably the most important thing in a “Mego” figure, you need to make sure you really nail that aspect. Despite quite a few criticisms, BBP assured everyone that this was the sculpt they were going with and they thought it was grand.


Unfortunately this sort of mentality is probably BBP’s greatest weakness. Through the years there have been quite a few SMDM head sculpts done in this scale. Customizers like Bionic Joe have produced heads that look far greater. In fact in Peru, there was a bootleg Mego called El Hombre Nuclear that has a head sculpt that looks a thousand times better than this one. That’s a serious problem and one that shouldn’t have been so easily dismissed by the company producing this figure.


I’ve heard people say this figure looks like everything from Mel Gibson to Roger Moore. The truth is, many people don’t immediately see Lee Majors in the head sculpt. Again, I’m inclined to agree. Thankfully, there is a bit of Lee in there and if you look at it from certain angles, squint or pretend nobody ever made much better head sculpts, it’s not too bad.


Enough about the bad for now. The good is, that the rest of this figure is pretty fantastic and you can tell BBP put some heart and soul into this release. Everything feels quality about this figure. The plastic is harder and just feels sturdier than some of their previous releases.


The outfit is also nicely tailored at this scale and does a pretty good job of replicating one of Steve’s infamous jogging suits, even though it’s made of a different material. It’s a nice job in that regard. Likewise, although the head sculpt itself isn’t my favorite, the paint applications are pretty good on it. There’s a few layers of color that help to really make it stand out.


The head sculpt also isn’t too big (as sometimes these types of figures are) and the skin tone isn’t too translucent as earlier BifBangPow releases sometimes suffered from. This all adds up to make a pretty nice Steve Austin figure. It’s definitely retro and fits the motif that it’s going for like a glove.

bionic arm

Of course the best part about this figure are the bionic limbs. Rather than do some of the more complex things that Kenner did to replicate the bionic parts, BBP decided to crib a bit from GI Joe’s own Atomic Man Mike Power and give Steve some translucent limbs with bionics tampoed on them. It’s a great effect.


Granted it would be great if they could have figured out some way to get this inside of the plastic, as opposed to printed on top, but beggars can’t be choosers. I should also mention that the ankles on this figure are nice and tight and the shoes seem to support him well, so he doesn’t have any of the falling over issues that my BifBangPow Doctor Who had. Huzzah for improvements!


There’s something very satisfying about having a new Six Million Dollar Man toy in my hands. The show is a lot of fun and these toys are definitely something that have that in mind. There’s more collector mentality here than the old Kenner figures, but there’s still some play value too. It’s a nice mixture of the two.


To replicate socks, he has painted feet. I think the jury may still be out on this one, but I understand why they did it. It gives a great sock effect and if they tailored the shoes to allow fabric socks to be put on over, it likely would have made them a tad too big.

Articulation:
BifBangPow produces these figures using the designs of EMCE toys. The two have worked together since the beginning and it’s become very beneficial to both parties as BBP seems to be able to throw around a bit more money to help EMCE create some new molds. This is great in some respects, but I do wish they had gone a bit farther.


The basic design here is following the general EMCE/Mego model with “strings” inside keeping everything together. Technically those strings are rubber bands and truth be told, the one on my Steve Austin is far too tight. This gives him a terrible posture and complicates his standing ability. My brother had one of these snap on him and I suspect it was because it was too tightly strung.


As you can see from this shot from the back, the “natural” posture of this guy is off. I think it’s time we start to figure out a better way to do these figures than the rubber bands or figure out a better system of implementing them. Again, it’s frustrating that some vintage Megos can pose better than these modern Re-Megos.


To that end, one of the big improvements on these modern BBP figures is the addition of swivel biceps. It’s a great thing to add. Cast-A-Way toys has had these swivels for years, but since Cast-A-Way is basically out of the Mego business for the foreseeable future, it’s nice that EMCE and BBP have upgraded.


Unfortunately, they weren’t copying Cast-A-Way so much as they were copying the old LJN figures which had a bicep swivel. They should have just completely aped the Cast-A-Way concept, which replaced the clunky and often useless string ball shoulders with swivel hinge shoulders that still connected via a string. That allows a much greater range of motion and it’s SO much easier to pose. Please BBP, hear our pleas and develop this yourself.


What ends up happening is that his arms have a very limited range of motion before they pop out of socket or move very clunky. Even with all that said, you can pose him fairly well. Especially in the lower half. He looks pretty good in quite a few poses and I think kids would enjoy playing with him. I just wish his arms worked better.

Accessories:
You know my stance on Mego figures, they should come with accessories.


Steve Austin does come with one, although it’s more of a trinket than an accessory. It’s a key chain that plays a few sound effects. It’s pretty cool, especially since electronics usually jack up the price of a toy but it didn’t here.


You can check it out in action in the video above.

Value:
At $18.99, Steve Austin isn’t perfect. If this was at retail, you’d almost want him to come a bit closer to the $15 range to truly be a solid value, but since he’s done in smaller runs for largely an entirely online market, the price is fairly reasonable. Of almost all the modern Re-Mego lines that have come out in the past few years, this seems to be the one that most “gets it”. Right now Steve is only sold in a two pack, but you can pick him up here along with his pal Bigfoot for a nice two pack combo. Use code 2102122 for free shipping!

Steve Austin versus Bigfoot

Score Recap:
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Sound FX Key Chain
Value – 8
Overall – 8.5 out of 10


In the end, yes this figure could use some improvements. I can get past some of them, but not everything. The weak head sculpt alone is bad, but when combined with being too tightly strung and an articulation model that needs to be tweaked just a bit holds this guy back. With just a few changes it could be practically perfect while still being “retro”.


Despite all that, this figure still scores a pretty high 8.5 because he’s a lot of fun. There’s more right than wrong here and the overall improvement in quality for these products is definitely noticed. That’s why it’s frustrating that just a few more things weren’t tweaked before the final product.


Still, it’s hard to deny that these are fun toys. It’s great to finally have an official version of the Six Million Dollar Man in Mego scale. BifBangPow may not have gotten a complete homerun here, but they definitely got a double or triple base hit.


One simple improvement I made that requires no skill at all, is to cut the front of the jacket with a pair of scissors. Steve Austin seemed to always wear his jacket about 3/4’s of the way zipped up. I’m not sure why BBP didn’t do this to begin with. Instantly the figure’s overall likeness improves with a simple snip of the scissors.


It looks WAY better. Hopefully this won’t lead to much fraying or depreciation over time. All in all, this is a pretty great figure, held back just a bit but could probably be rebuilt to be perfect. Funny thing, that. Stay tuned tomorrow for a review of Bigfoot and plenty more Megoish stuff in the days ahead during Mego Month here at Infinite Hollywood!


Doctor Who
Sontaran Styre
8 Inch Scale
By: BifBangPow
$20.00

Field Major Styre of the Sontaran G3 Military Assessment Survey is a character in the infamous 4th Doctor adventure, The Sontaran Experiment. It was a rather unique story for Doctor Who at the time, as it was shot entirely on location and mostly featured Styre and his little “Epcot Center” spaceship. In the serial, Styre is experimenting on astronauts, at least until he runs into the Doctor.

BifBangPow presented this figure as one of the first villians in their “Re-Mego” 8 inch line. Often this figure is sold in a “2 pack” with the 4th Doctor. Both figures come single carded and aren’t a real 2 pack, they’re just simply bundled together for sales. Apparently ol’ Styre isn’t as hot of a seller, despite more or less being an army builder since most Sontarans look the same anyway.


So is this figure worth picking up in bulk? He has some awesome pros and a few disappointing elements as well. We break down the whole Sontaran, after the cut.

Packaging:
BifBangPow have done a nice job on the packaging, with a certain brightness that makes it stand out on the shelf. At the same time, there’s a very retro Doctor Who feel to this package and it certainly isn’t out of the realm in general for Mego packages either.


This card is pretty much my favorite of the modern “Mego” cards from the various companies producing them. I would have liked a little art, but I understand why they went with pictures of the figures themselves. All of Wave 1 is pictured here.

Sculpt:
The likeness of Styre is pretty good. It doesn’t scream Styre to me necessarily, but it does scream Sontaran and that’s good enough. I mean, these guys are all supposed to more or less look the same anyway, right? But Styre’s face was a bit dirtier than this figure’s.


He also looks a tad too happy. The Sontaran mask did sort of make the actors look like they were smiling, but it’s just too apparent on this figure. It makes him look like a friendly Uncle Fester with pockmarks. Space Humpty Dumpty or something…


The head sculpt is still one of the best to come down the pike in a long time in this format, though. Even with the minor issues, the amount of sculpting here and the general size and such, just feel right. It’s a really nicely done head sculpt.


“Pay no attention to the hole in the back of my costume! It’s totally not my weak spot!”

The neck collar is equally well done. It doesn’t ride up on the costume and it even has the little Achilles’ Heel on the back. BBP did a tremendous job in that respect.


The costume is quite nice with a metallic look to it. He also has a tad bit of padding, to make him have a bit of a pot belly, as Sontarans tend to be a bit pudgy. The hands and head are both painted in a sort of cream-yellow color, which is accurate enough.


The whole thing looks nice enough… At least from the front. The back is fastened with velcro, but the big issue is the pants of the jumpsuit. They just aren’t long enough and it ends up looking like Styre is wearing Capri pants. It’s just odd.


Further complicating things, the Doc Mego/EMCE body underneath isn’t painted to match the skin. Which means those legs look really off since they’re a different color than the head and hands. The pants can be pulled down, but they tend to ride back up rather easily. I have no idea why they cut the material so short.


Thankfully he looks great from the front because of the boots. As best I can tell, these are reused (at least in terms of sculpt, not mold) from the Mego Knights line, but they work perfectly for the Sontaran.

Articulation:
Mego and Mego clones tend to have a decent amount of articulation. The one area that they’re really lacking is a swivel joint for the arm. Of course, ball joined heads and thigh swivels would help as well. What you’re left with is a cut neck, some rubber band ball joint shoulders and legs, as well as swivel hinge wrists, hinge knees, elbows and ankles.


No complaints from me in general, but he does seem strung a little tight. I’ve noticed that in a lot of EMCE figures lately. I didn’t seem to have the issue with the older Star Trek lines, but maybe there’s some major differences with the runs being put together by the BBP crew.

Accessories:
These “Retro cloth” figures need accessories to help justify their price point, in my view. Styre does quite well in that regard.


Most importantly, he comes with his helmet. Not only is it removable, but it also snaps on and off without any issue. That’s certainly an improvement over the old Modern 5 Inch Sontaran figure from Character Options.


You also get his gun deal, which is nicely painted and colorful.


Styre also gets some sort of communication device… Or something. I can’t recall if this was spelled out in the show or not. Maybe it was part of the stuff he was using to do hallucinogenic studies. Whatever the case, it’s a neat accessory that unplugs from his belt and has really nicely painted details.

Value:
$20 for a single figure in today’s toy market used to seem like insanity, but now it’s practically the going rate. I generally think these figures aren’t always the greatest value, but Styre is one of the better values I’ve found in the Re-Mego scene.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 9
Accessories – Helmet, Space Gun, Transmat Device
Value – 8
Overall – 9 out of 10


I actually think Styre’s just as good, if not better than the BBP 4th Doctor. My only real complaint is that the painted elements on the hands do chip some and the pants just aren’t proper length. It’s not big enough of an issue to be a deal breaker, but it’s a tad frustrating.

Still, this is arguably the best Mego inspired line on the mass market today. BifBangPow have done a really nice job with these figures. They feel like they’re right out of the 70’s, but also can stand toe to toe with a lot of the modern toys of today.


Doctor Who
4th Doctor
8 Inch Scale
By: BifBangPow
$20.00

It’s a great time to be a Doctor Who fan, as the show seems to be reaching a high point in terms of popularity and that’s translating into a lot of product on the shelves. For decades fans of Who were left with rather subpar toys and now not only do we have great import toys from Character Options, we also have for likely the first time ever, American companies making Doctor Who toys!

BifBangPow is a little company that has been making niche toys for several years now. BifBangPow teamed up with EMCE toys about a year or so ago to form a relationship where BBP would use the designs made famous by Doc Mego, but crank out a variety of new licensed product. The toys have had mixed success within many collectors circles and some of the license choices have frustrated certain sects of toy collectors.


However, BifBangPow has provided some incredible product and have slowly built up a catalogue of products and licenses leading to what ultimately has become a surge in the new Mego-like toys market. This has led BBP to arguably their biggest license to date, Doctor Who! This brand is not foreign to having Mego style figures as in the 1980’s Deny’s Fisher, a UK branch off of Mego made a short lived Mego Doctor Who line. However those figures were not in the classic Mego scale and were not readily available here in the United States.


Now twenty plus years later BifBangPow has given Doctor Who the classic Mego treatment and have brought Who to our shores in a way never thought possible before. I’ve fallen behind on Doctor Who figure reviews this year but it’s where we’ve often specialized here at Infinite Hollywood, so let’s close out the year with some more Who-goodness. Can this Who compare to the classic brands and is it worth your time and money? Read on to find out!

Packaging:
Mego often had charming packaging with neat art on simple bubble cards. BifBangPow and several of the other companies making these style of figures have often replicated those types of packages with varying success. However, with Doctor Who, BBP has sort of done their own thing and while it definitely has a classic Mego feel to it, it also feels very Doctor Who-ey as well.


The result is a fantastic card that is far and away my favorite modern Mego type of card to date. It’s simple, but sleek and appropriate. I could totally see this on the shelves in the 1970’s or 80’s and yet ti looks perfect on the shelves today! It’s rare that I find a toy I want to keep in the package because it’s so nice, but this is one of those times.

The back has all the appropriate info and shows off some of the other figures in the series. It also has some other Doctors listed, hinting that perhaps BBP will make other classic Doctors as well. I also like that the 4th Doctor has an inner tray holding him upright, and that does wonders for making the figure not slouch or get beat around like many of the other figures that are loose in these packages so often have issues with.

Sculpt:
BBP has had pretty good success with capturing likeness in this scale for some time. In fact if anything, they’ve often had figures that looked a bit too realistic for what Mego used to do. I’m happy to report that they’ve hit a homerun with the 4th Doctor as he’s unmistakably Tom Baker, but he also has a bit of a toy look to him. It’s a perfect medium!


Some of the early BBP “Mego” figures suffered from ghost face syndrome. That is to say that their heads were cast in a nearly transparent vinyl color that made them especially pasty and stand out from the color of the rest of the skin. Thankfully the Doctor Who line doesn’t seem to suffer from this problem and although the good Doctor is a bit pasty, his head skin tone matches his body’s skin tone.


The face is sort of a blank stare, but I appreciate that. This Doctor can be in any variety of poses and not look out of place. It’s better than having a big grin or something, which will only look good in certain poses. This is the 4th Doctor doing one of his stoic, deep thoughts. It’s nearly identical to the first Character Options 4th Doctor figure’s alternate head.


“Doctor, you’ve been to the future… Tell me, how do they remember me?”

The costume is always important on a small scale figure like this, especially since they use soft goods. Again BBP has soared beyond expectations, as the 4th Doctor has all his patented attire on and it’s quite colorfol and vibrant.


The most important part of any 4th Doctor outfit is the scarf and this one is appropriately gigantic! It’s quite a bit bigger than the Doctor himself. It can be a bit hard to figure out how to wrap it around him properly, but it’s really a nice piece.


I think it looks better than the classic Deny’s Fisher brand Doctor, but at the same time there were elements of that figure which were better… Like the hat!


Underneath the Doctor has his waistcoat which is a separate piece, but one that is actually connected to the shirt underneath. So essentially, it can open like a vest, but you won’t be removing it. He has nice rubber shoes and brown pants. The quality on the clothes is pretty good and appropriate for this style of figure where hyper-details are not necessary.


He also comes with a hat. I’m not going to lie… It’s a mess. The Mego scale of heads have often been a bit too big and the Doctor suffers a bit from this. BBP tried to compensate by making his hat even bigger, to help sit on the curly afro of Tom Baker.


It doesn’t work at all. It looks gigantic, it doesn’t sit properly and honestly even the sculpt looks a bit too “cowboy hat” for some reason. Deny’s Fisher was able to make their Doctor with a removable hat back in the day, but BBP just couldn’t replicate it. Supposedly they were working on this problem, but I guess they never could find a solution.


So yeah, the hat sucks. It’s not the end of the world, just don’t display him with the hat. My hopes is that BBP will release a version with a hat sculpted on, or rescale the head in future 4th Doctor releases. If not, it is what it is. You could possibly cut some of his hair away and glue the hat down, but I’m not brave enough to try it.

Articulation:
Mego and Mego clones tend to have a decent amount of articulation. The one area that they’re really lacking is a swivel joint for the arm. Of course, ball joined heads and thigh swivels would help as well. What you’re left with is a cut neck, some rubber band ball joint shoulders and legs, as well as swivel hinge wrists, hinge knees, elbows and ankles.


BifBangPow actually had an EMCE body made with swivel arms, but for some reason the 4th Doctor didn’t get them. It’s not a huge deal and to be honest, EMCE’s swivel arms seem a bit clunky in comparison to Cast-A-Way toys swivel arms. So perhaps the figure is better off without them.


He’s still pretty poseable and fun to fiddle around with. The only area I have found that’s concerning is that his ankles tend to be a bit loose, causing him to want to lean forward. This is rarely a problem with most Megos, as they typically wear long boots, but the 4th Doctor’s short shoes cause him to have less support there. it’s not a issue all the time, but it could be for those who pose him a lot.

Accessories:
I’ve always said that these style of figures need accessories and lots of them, more often than not. BBP has done a pretty good job here of giving the Doctor everything he needs. From his giant removable scarf, right down to his sonic screwdriver.


The sculpt and paint, while minimal, is perfect. This is a great small scale rendition of the 4th Doctor’s sonic. It fits into his hand quite well and he can be posed with it as needed.


“I once caught a gumblejack this big! Almost as big as my hat!”

The hat is a failure, but we’ve already went over that. At least they included it, so at least you can decide what you want to do with it.


The coat and tie are removable. Speaking of which, I’ve heard some stories of the coat and also the red portions of the scarf staining the figure. Mine isn’t stained, but there does seem to be some red going onto the white shirt underneath. This is a frustrating problem that I’m not sure how to fix. Possibly by gently washing these items. Not everyone seems to have the issue, but it’s something to be aware of.


And that’s pretty much it. Be careful when removing the figure from the package, so that you don’t lose your Sonic Screwdriver. While it’s bigger than the Character Options version, it’s still quite small.

Value:
$20 for a single figure in today’s toy market is a tough pill to swallow, but one we’re seeing more and more. To make matters worse, this figure is sold bundled with a Sontaran in most retail settings. That means you’ll end up paying $40+ for the both of them, more often than not. However, the quality here is pretty nice and aside from a few issues, this guy is worth tracking down if you have even the most modest interest in Mego-like figures. Even classic Mego collectors will want to have this guy in their collection, as he fits right in with the vintage stuff.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 9
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 9
Accessories – Sonic Screwdriver, Hat, Scarf
Value – 8
Overall – 9 out of 10


Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for the 4th Doctor and I tend to like Mego-style figures more than most people. This figure is not without it’s problems, with a tad oversized head, a hat that doesn’t fit and clothes that could eventually stain this figure. However, he has a lot of strong points, including a great likeness, nice cloth clothing and a few accurate accessories.

These figures are limited to a run of only 3,000 and each package is individually numbered. While I have hopes that this line will become a huge success for BBP, you may want to pick one of these guys up while you have the chance. It’s not a perfect figure by any means, but it’s the kind of neat retro toy that you might kick yourself in a few years for not picking up when it was affordable.


Mego Doctor Who is back and in a big way… Well sort of. BifBangPow will be doing modern Mego versions of the 4th Doctor and other classic characters very soon. This also includes BBP doing a variety of other things with Who, but on tap first is a retro Who line. I’m all for it as my love of Megos is growing and Doctor Who had a Mego line in the 70’s by Deny Fisher. Check out the press release. No photos yet (these pics are of the old line) but we’ll update when they hit.

TOYFARE EXCLUSIVE: “Doctor Who” will finally be getting 8-inch cloth costumed figures, thanks to the retro wizards at Bif Bang Pow! (makers of similar figures for “Venture Bros.,” “Twilight Zone” and more).

It might be a shock, but despite being an icon of countless ’70s childhoods, “Doctor Who” never got a Mego figure. Oh sure, a line was developed by Mego and released in the U.K. by Denys Fisher, but those figures were in a 10-inch scale, and not compatible with the 8-inch Mego figures from Marvel, DC, Star Trek and more. And modern figures from Character Options are 5 inches and plastic.

Now a great injustice is about to be righted. Bif Bang Pow!, makers of Mego-esque retro figures for properties like “The Venture Bros.” and “Twilight Zone” will be releasing a range of products featuring classic and modern “Doctor Who”—including 8-inch retro cloth-costumed figures!

“When I first saw the show, I wondered, ‘Where are the toys?’” says Jason Lenzi CEO of BBP!. “[As a child] I went to England and figured the toys would be everywhere, but there was nothing. So it’s a thrill to be working on these toys.”

Although BBP!’s license includes modern and classic versions of the show (as well as ancillary items like bobbleheads, tins, glassware and journals), first out of the gate will be the greatest Doctor of the ’70s, and the first exposure most Americans born before 1995 had to the series: Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. Prototypes for Baker and three other figures, all drawn from the Baker era of the show, will premiere at next month’s International Toy Fair in New York, with a planned launch for sale at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July (along with one or two SDCC-exclusive variants).

Depending on reaction from retailers and fans, subsequent series might draw on the current eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith, as well as his companions and enemies. Either way, according to Lenzi, there are plans to make all of the Doctors, eventually.

Now if only BBP! could figure out how to time-travel back to the ’70s, they’d make a lot of kids back then happy.

For our wishlist of who we want to see in BBP!’s line, pick up ToyFare #163, on sale 1/19 in comic shops.

It really pains me to say this because I’ve been a big fan of Mego and Mego-like figures this past year. It was a new genre I got into and I think it’s quite fun and quite adaptable. Then there comes the Venture Brothers and I think no toyline has excited me with the possibilities like the Venture Brothers has. There’s such a deep cast of characters that could instantly be made into awesome toys. I can see waves and waves of the line being successful.


Unfortunately when BifBangPow got the license to produce the Venture Brothers, I was skeptical. Their Flash Gordon Figures showed potential, but definitely needed to be improved upon if they wanted to make Venture Brothers the huge hit that it by all rights should be.

Which brings me to today. BifBangPow has now officially announced their plans for the Venture Brothers and at the moment, it’s purely Mego-style figures. Easily one of the biggest mistakes in the history of toys. Right up there with the original Mego company not getting the license to Star Wars. Look, I think some Mego style Ventures in addition to the regular toys would be fine, but when I think of a Venture Brothers toyline I think of stuff like this:

Surely Jason Lenzi and the crew at BifBangPow can’t be this dense. Outside of about 6 or 7 characters, most of the Venture team won’t even work as Mego-like toys. Plus Mego style figures are a niche product. This would be like Reebok getting the license to make Air Jordans but deciding to make them socks instead of shoes. It’s an idea destined to failure or at best mediocre success. I’ll probably still buy a few, but nowhere near as many as I would have bought if they’d produced traditional action figures.

BifBangPow, hear my plea, make cool, super articulated, well done figures. Take a page out of the Palisades book and make some proper Venture Brothers figures. Don’t waste this license.